A Handy Cheat Sheet of Common FOGs




Fats typically come from meat and dairy sources but can also come from plant sources, such as nut butters.  It is usually in a solid form at room temperature and can be thrown directly into the trash.  Placing these foods in the garbage disposal only reduces the size of the food, not the likelihood of creating a clog.  If you’re not sure if something has fat in it, check the nutrition label.


  • Meat Trimmings
  • Uncooked Poultry Skin
  • Cheeses
  • Ice Cream
  • Peanut Butter
  • Butter
  • Shortening/ Lard


Oil comes from plant sources such as vegetable oil, canola oil, olive oil, corn oil, etc.  It may be used as a topping on food, such as salads or sandwiches or used to cook food, such a deep frying.  It remains liquid at room temperature.  Used oil should be poured into a can or jar before disposal.  If it is poured down the drain, oil can coat pipes and get into any nooks and crannies, creating a slick surface that makes it easier for fats and grease to stick to.


  • Salad Dressing
  • Cooking Oils: Vegetable Oil, Canola Oil, Olive Oil, Corn Oil
  • Condiments
  • Sauces


Grease occurs when fats from food melt under heat such as frying, boiling and baking, etc.  Grease is deceptive because it is a liquid after cooking, but eventually cools into a solid.  Pouring it down the drain means that at some point it will cool on the pipes in the collection system, harden, and then start a clog.


  • Cooked/ Melted Fat from Meat, Bacon, Sausage, Duck, etc.
  • Skin from Boiled Poultry
  • Gravy
  • Mayonnaise

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